How To Take A Summer Break From Your Blog

Why a summer break is important and what to do in your summer vacations

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Girl going to take a summer break with suitcase in her hand

It’s time for my yearly summer break and the right time to enjoy the summer vacations with my family. How about you – are you planning one too?

Why should you have a summer break? How should you prepare yourself? What would you do in the summer vacation?

These would be some of the questions in many working minds – especially of bloggers and workaholics!

I know not everybody likes to take a summer break. Some people can’t afford to take one even if they want to, due to the work overload, responsibility, or monetary reasons.

But I’d say – if you can, you should. 🙂

My thoughts are very clear about summer breaks. For me, this is the time to have real quality time with my family.

For that to happen, I really need a BIG break from blogging!

No, no. I don’t hate blogging, nor do I have a ‘blogger’s block’. In fact, I love it so much that I just want to go on and spend all my time blogging.

You see, that’s the main problem!

What really happens is that I tend to go overboard sometimes and shove my personal and social time into the work furnace!

However, each year, this summer break comes as a boon for me and allows me to take a break from blogging. It helps me to take a break and have a perfect work-life balance that is so essential.

So, I’m going to have a BIG summer break this time, to enjoy with my family. What are your plans?

I have taken a summer break each year, as most of you know, but I’ve always carried my work with me. That isn’t really a break! However, this time I intend taking a good time off.

In addition, I’m going to take a hard stand and really adopt a no-work policy, which includes not being on social media too!

Now, that’s really a challenge, isn’t it?

Let’s talk about it.

“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Why Do We Need Summer Vacations

Some of you might think that summer vacation is a term closely related to school education.

For schools, the length of the summer vacation varies from country to country. In my country, the school summer break is for about 4 weeks or 2 months.

Some schools have it extended up to 6 weeks, especially where it gets very hot during the summers.

There are good reasons to have a summer break in the schools, which also are almost the same for everyone else.

The 3 good reasons to have a summer break are:

1)      For schools, it helps prevent over schooling and saves children from depressions, nervous disorders, anxiety, and burden. For bloggers and workaholics, a break during the summer prevents burnout and refreshes them.

2)      In many equatorial and southern hemisphere countries, it saves kids from over exposure to the heat and sun. In some places, like my own, the temperatures rise up to nearly 50 degrees Celsius or 122 degrees Fahrenheit! It’s almost like being in an oven!

3)      The family gets an opportunity to travel together as a unit. This is one of the best bonding times for the family, and a time to meet the extended family too.

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Bloggers and workaholics in any discipline need such summer breaks for more reasons besides the ones mentioned above.

Sometimes you just get fed up of working endlessly, or the work gets too demanding and you need motivation to cope with it. It just becomes too overwhelming at times!

That is the time when you need a break.

Yes, I’ve written about break earlier too – I wrote a post about taking a blogging break just before the winter vacations, when I took a few days off.

So, its break, break, and break time! These are so important in maintaining your continuity of work.

My main aim to take a summer break is to take care of my health, give time to my children, get the family bond together, and possibly travel to a few places.

“A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” ~ Morris Fishbein

Family taking a vacation to travel

How to Prepare For a Summer Break

I’m not taking this summer break casually – but almost literally!

Summer is the time when your productivity is at the lowest. It is when you must leverage more of your time by devoting it to develop the personal and social aspect of your life.

That’s because most of the time during the year, you’re busy working on the professional aspect of your life.

No doubt, professional development is essential and you need to make money to survive. Nevertheless, you also need to balance your work and life.

So, if you’re a blogger or workaholic like me, do the following to prepare for your summer break.

1. Write a post about taking a summer break. You must do that so that your blog community members and readers are not disappointed when they visit your blog and don’t find a new post.

2. Use the vacation autoresponder of your email service. Since I use Gmail, I’m going to set up a short message intimating everyone that I’ll be replying after I return from my summer vacations.

3. Convey the same message on social media. You may actually learn to wean off from the social media or reduce the time you spend on the social networks. (I wonder if I can ever do that!).

If you wish, you may keep posting occasionally about how you’re enjoying your summer break, just to keep in touch with your fans and keep your social account active.

There is absolutely no harm visiting a few blogs occasionally, as and when you get time, just to keep in touch.

Even if you don’t, I am sure all your blogging friends won’t forget while you are gone, and will understand the reason for your absence. Am I right?

However, just make sure that you aren’t on social media as much as before, because that would be getting back into your old routine and you’ll miss enjoying your time with your family, friends, or spouse.

If you work in an office, you might want to hand over the charge or responsibilities to your colleague. Make it clear to the people in your office or company to contact you only in cases of emergency.

MUST READ: Fun Things To Do In Your Holidays

That’s it. Now, you’re all set to embark on your break without having to worry about anything.

“What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace.” ~ Ellen Goodman

Picture of a beach where SUMMER is written by hand

What to Do During Your Summer Break

Let’s first talk about what you should not do when you’re on a vacation.

  • DO NOT open your laptop or hook on to your iPhone or iPad to read your mails.
  • DO NOT reply to messages and answer the comments. (All this is a reminder for me and very tough for me to do!)

C’mon! You’re on a vacation and this is not one of your casual break. You’re supposed to completely cut-off from your work.

Avoid taking your business calls as they might get you glued to your mobiles or smartphones when your family wants you to be with them.

However, you can do the following things that may bring a happy and positive change in your life.

a)      Sleep early – get your full sleep quota! More than anyone else, this is a reminder to myself. The summer break will allow me to get back to a healthy sleep routine.

b)      Get up early and enjoy your morning walks that you might have missed all this while. Take up exercises again and practice meditation – doesn’t matter if you’re holidaying as you can indulge in these activities anywhere you are.

c)        Have fun, watch movies, party out, go for picnics, or do things that make you feel free and light. Cherish and ingrain memories, as these will keep you rejuvenated for a long time.

d)      Socialize, not virtually – but in the real world! Go and meet people, take up new hobbies or pick up the old ones, play your favorite game or sport – just don’t sit with the TV, computer, mobiles, and other gizmos!

e)      Take this opportunity of a summer break to help at home, help other people, or do some social work.

This list is not comprehensive by any means. I want you to add to it.

If you want to know more about the do’s and don’ts of taking a summer break then read this article on Huffington Post.

What do you think you can do in the summer break that will recharge you and make you happy?

Remember that like smoking and sitting, workaholism too might be killing you. Americans need the vacations the most, read this to know the reason, though sadly they rarely take one.

“I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Some Fears Bloggers Have If They Take A Summer Break

Being a blogger myself, I can well understand the fears that run through their minds or the guilt if they don’t work and take a break during summers, or anytime for that matter.

Many bloggers fear that they may lose blog traffic, regular visitors, or site rank if they stop blogging. But does that really matter so much?

I am sure you can recover the rank, traffic, and visitors, once you are back. You would be more focused and productive, and of course, full of energy to take charge.

If you believe in building relationships with fellow bloggers and have understanding friends in the Blogosphere, they would always be by your side because they too take breaks.

Do you stop visiting their blogs once they return? No, you do not.

Instead, you welcome them back, ask them how their break was, and resume your visits from the very same day, isn’t it? So, they would do the same with you.

However, if you still have doubts, then it’s up to you and your priorities. I’d give priority to my family, at least when my kids are also having a summer break at school.

As a blogger what you can do, as many others do, is to schedule your posts in advance for the days when you’ll be taking a break or vacation.

However, that way you may not be able to respond to the comments or promote your posts, other than the automated ways.

Not to mention the overload of comments, notifications, mails and messages piled up once you are back! I used to do this until last year, but never again.

I realized that I was still opening my laptop, replying to the comments, making my regular visits, promoting my post. So where was the REAL break?

While I did all that, I was not really being ‘present’ with my family. I was nether enjoying my summer break, nor fully into blogging.

That is why I preferred to give a complete break to my blog this time and really take it easy. I think I deserve it, don’t I?

My Blogging Break

I wouldn’t be taking a really long break this summer. Instead, after my break for about 2 weeks, I will be back and working on the blog in the background and making some important changes.

I cannot do this when I blog, and I am sure you understand that to move ahead and make changes, you need time, which I plan taking out during this little break.

I might even send newsletters to my blog email subscribers and keep them updated on the latest. So, if you aren’t on my list yet, subscribe now to keep in touch!

Not to mention, that even my husband would be joining hands and collaborating with me to make this blog better.

I hope you know that he wrote his first post on this blog recently on Father’s Day, just in case you missed it.

I will be around for a few more days to catch up pending work and the comments, and then leave on the 16th of June. So, if I don’t visit your blogs or respond to your messages and emails, I hope you understand. 🙂

Watch out for my next post on 8th July! You’ll have some surprises, new things on the blog, and a totally different me when I return. 🙂

Until then, happy blogging and happy holidays – but you can always visit the old posts that you’ve missed and comment there.

Do also take your much deserved summer break – you need it too!

Over to you –

What are your plans for this summer? Are you planning to take a summer break? Have you planned something special for this year’s summer vacation – share with all of us!

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  1. Debbie

    June 14, 2014 at 4:03 am

    So glad you’re taking a REAL break this time Harleena and not taking your work along. You are one of the most prolific bloggers I know and if anyone deserves a proper vacation, that surely would be you!

    Blogging is still pretty much just a hobby for me, so I pretty well do as I please there. I just took a little break from it in fact. Last year, we were in Europe for an entire month and the blog was on hiatus, but didn’t suffer much. People DO come back once you’re active again, so I wouldn’t worry about that, unless of course, it is a primary source of income. My offline business is quite busy in summer, so at most, we will take a few days off here and there, when the opportunity arises.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday! Enjoy!!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Welcome back Debbie,

      Hope you had a great vacation! Yes, all I need is a REAL break – taking work along in vacations is the biggest mistake I’d make. I’ve learned from my experiences. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words, I feel a blogger is a blogger – all are great as far as they contribute original and creative views. I also used to blog as a hobby, but things changed with time, so you never know.

      Yes, the blog doesn’t suffer as much as we fear. Thanks for validating this fact. Of course you got to have some sort of a system in place if the blog is your primary source of income, but a break is essential, isn’t it?

      Wish you all the best for your offline business and you too have a great time.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your important thoughts and experiences. 🙂

  2. Brenda Lee

    June 14, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Oh Harleena, you vacation is so very well deserved. I know you’ll enjoy it and I look forward to you sharing with us, what you did! Enjoy yourself and we’ll be here waiting for your return!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Hi Brenda,

      Thanks so much and yes I look forward to my BIG blogging break. I hope to enjoy my vacations and wish you have a great time as well!

      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  3. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    June 14, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Hi Harleena, I wonder if I inspired this post for you! 😉

    I am so glad to see you’re taking a break. In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey writes about “sharpening the saw.” He says if you just keep trying to cut without taking a break, you will have to work harder and harder and get less done.

    You are sharpening the saw.

    I do take breaks, believe it or not. I go “off the grid” for at least a week 2-3 times a year. But this year I do believe I will take your advice and…cut down to blogging 2x a week during the summer. I just can’t keep up now with so much going on this summer and the kids home from school. I’m going to switch to Tuesdays and Thursdays and see how it goes.

    I may not have truly been the inspiration for your article, Harleena, but you are directly the inspiration for my cutting back on my schedule this summer.

    I look forward to your return on July 8 and I wish you the best break possible! <3

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hi Carolyn,

      I’m always inspired by you. 🙂 But I had been contemplating on taking a summer break for a long time, and planned this one about 2 weeks in advance. I realized I needed it and with the changes I want on the blog, I just can’t do them along with regular blogging.

      I so very much agree with Steven Covey’s suggestions – break does more good than harm. But then everybody has their own version of break, and I’m glad you’ve decided to take one too.

      I’m glad you took my suggestions as inspiration and I’m sure the twice-a-week blogging this summer will make things easy for you. Not that your posts are not quality, but you’ll have more quality time for your kids and family.

      Thanks for your wishes and I look forward to a comforting break and a productive one too! Will see you soon and will have a lot to talk about. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your wonderful thoughts and experiences. Have a great day ahead! 🙂

  4. Kumar Gauraw

    June 14, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Happy vacation days to you! And it’s exciting to know you have a few exciting changes coming up as “new you”! 🙂

    Well, I am in between jobs right now and therefore my blogging schedule is a bit disorganized at this time as well. Plethora of phone calls to make and attend, talking to recruiters, attending interview calls – all is in progress and I am hardly finding time to even respond to comments on my own blog let alone visiting other blogs at the moment.

    By the way, I still need to make sure I have a job just to maintain status since my Green Card hasn’t yet come 🙂

    But then, life is exciting.It’s fun to talk to so many people once in a while and to check where do I stand from IT perspective and how competent I am still with all that is going in my IT field.

    By the time you come back, I would have cooled down as well and hopefully back to my normal rhythm.

    Good luck to you and looking forward to hear from you when you return!

    Regards,
    Kumar

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Hi Kumar,

      Oh yes, change should be there in life as well as blogging. 🙂 That keeps things exciting and interesting, isn’t it?

      Sometimes being busy is good, as are the things with you and they are a sign of progress and development. I think you’re making the right priority to attend to your offline job, and you can always pick up on blogging anytime later. I can understand how busy you are, and we all wish the best for you!

      I’m sure you’ll have your Green Card soon and you’ll be back to blogging with gusto! You for sure have an interesting job, and its good that you like it.

      Thanks for your wishes and I hope to have a refreshing break and would love to get back to the blogging busyness after that.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing the latest about you. Have a great day ahead! 🙂

  5. Balroop Singh

    June 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Summer breaks are welcome times…we always used to look forward to them as children as well as grown ups. all our plans were centred around those long breaks and we always made some specific plans. I have some very precious memories attached to summer breaks – they are so relaxing if you are a workaholic!

    I think a blog break is not that essential if you enjoy writing, if you can’t sleep before you have written your thoughts for the day. So those who blog just for fun may carry their iPad along, otherwise they may feel deprived! Don’t we carry good books along when we plan a vacation? Yes, if you are a full time blogger, with loads of essential work, then you need to take a laptop free break.

    You definitely need a laptop free break! Thanks for informing us that you would be away for two weeks…you will have a lot to catch up! BUT please don’t think about it. Have a wonderful break! ENJOY your time with your family. Bon voyage!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Hi Balroop,

      You’re so right about summer break. There won’t be a single child all around the world who doesn’t anxiously wait for the summer break to come and liberate them from their hard schooling schedule. 🙂 I’m sure as a teacher in school, you can very well relate to it.

      I accept that a blog break is not essential, but the way I work on blogging, it exhausts me a great deal. But then each one to his or her own, and as you rightly point out, blogging for fun can go on just by replacing the books with iPad and scribbling your thoughts on it.

      Yes, I know I’ll have a lot to catch up, and that I’ll – I’ve been taking summer breaks every year, but this is the longest one.

      Thanks for all your good wishes and hope you’ve a great time blogging too! Thanks for visiting and sharing your wonderful thoughts. 🙂

  6. lisa thomson

    June 14, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Great idea, Harleena!

    It is so important to take that break and now that I’ve read this I realize I’m overdue. The last real break was in April, 2012. That’s over two years ago. I often take mini breaks with my Beau and with my kids but not much more than a few days. For summer, I will spend a weekend with girlfriends. I will have my daughter out for a week and then also travel to see my Son. Again, mini breaks :). Thanks for this reminder and tips for handling a blog while taking that break. Enjoy yours!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m glad this post could remind you of your break that is due – two years is for sure a lot of time! I make sure to have long breaks twice a year that coincide with my kids school breaks – winter and summer breaks.

      It’s great that you take mini breaks and I’m sure you’ve a great time there. Frequent mini breaks greatly help too. Good to know of your break plans ahead with your friends and children.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing how you’ve breaks. Have a great blogging time ahead! 🙂

  7. Sebastian Aiden Daniels

    June 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Enjoy your vacation. You made some solid points on the value of taking a break from blogging. I think it is important to completely disconnect. I was able to for the most part recently when I went camping with friends. It was nice to be out in nature and not on the internet so much.

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Welcome back Sebastian,

      I’m glad you understand and appreciate the value of taking a break from blogging. Yes, a total disconnect really helps a lot.

      It’s great you tried camping and I’m sure that is a great experience as well. It’s best to enjoy nature being far from the clutches of technology.

      Thanks for your visit and sharing your break experience. 🙂

  8. Corina Ramos

    June 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I haven’t thought about taking a break this summer. Now that the kids are grown they are working and taking extra classes. With everyone having different schedules it’s hard to get away as a family.

    You share very good reasons why we should take a break. It’s a chance for us to refuel and give the mind a rest, which I need :).

    It sounds as though you are planning to really unplug and enjoy the family time. I think it’s great you’re getting in touch with the real world.

    I hope you have a great break. You will be missed but I’ll see you when you get back :).

    Have a great weekend!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Hi Corina,

      I can very well understand your family situation, and for that I agree that it’s not possible for you to get away as a family.

      But even if you can’t get away, mini breaks from blogging greatly help a lot if you feel its become too demanding or overwhelming. Though I wonder how you manage to blog daily and that too on a consistent basis!

      I’m sure you too need the refueling – I know you and your hubby keep taking a little time off as I’ve seen your lovely pics with him on FB. So, as long as you can manage a little time away and sneak out in between, it’s good as it gives you a breather. Then, probably you don’t need long breaks like the ones I’m taking.

      Yes, I’m unplugging, completely, though the transition will take some time. Thanks for your wishes and kind thoughts. See ya later. 🙂

      Thanks for your visit and I wish you a great blogging time ahead! 🙂

  9. Amit kumar

    June 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Wow,

    What’s an amazing article?

    You shared a perfect article mam and in perfect time. The idea of taking Summer Vacations is really great. All these points mentioned in this article:
    (1)Why Do We Need Summer Vacations
    (2)How to Prepare For a Summer Break
    (3)What to Do During Your Summer Break

    are really awesome. I loved this article completely. Thank you so much for Harleena mam for sharing this Interesting post 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Hi Amit,

      I’m glad you like the article.

      I hope you’re motivated too to invest your quality time to your family, health, and self-development.

      I wish you too have a great summer break. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your views!

  10. Akshay Hallur

    June 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Hey Harleena Mam, Great article.
    Taking a quick break from blogging boosts productivity and efficiency.
    The point also to be noted is taking quick breaks (5 mins) between blogging sessions prevents cabin fever.

    There’s more to enjoy other than blogging, it’s a cool idea to take a break and explore our outer world, staying away from all these kinda stuffs.

    Consistency in posting blog posts can be managed my scheduling blog posts while on vacation,almost automation to any extent is possible in this web world.

    Cheers,
    Akshay Hallur

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Welcome to my blog Akshay,

      Glad you agree with the post and a summer break will positively impact your blogging.

      I don’t know if quick breaks as small as 5 mins are possible and practical.

      Absolutely, blogging is not the world, and there’s a lot and better things to do apart from blogging – especially there’s your family and friends in the real world!

      I’ve tried scheduling, guest posts and all, but then you still have to open your laptop to check the comments, mails, and make the return visits etc. If you do not then you don’t really have a REAL break.

      I’m of the opinion that even the consistent bloggers need a break, and family and health should be on priority.

      Thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts. Hope to see you around. 🙂

  11. Aashray

    June 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Hi, a wonderful blog post i must say. Even i was planning for a break from the regular schedule. The article has made me to plan much better vacations. In my concern nature is the best place to go for a break and peace of mind.

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Aashray,

      I’m glad you like the post and that it has made you think about have a break too. Definitely, taking a break to be with nature is the best option.

      Thanks for your visit and hope to see you around. 🙂

  12. Angela McCall

    June 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Take a break my friend, you deserve it all. Enjoy your time with your husband and kids. Have a good time and relax.

    I know it’s hard to not open your iphone , tablet, or laptop when you’re away on vacation, it’s just a bad habit for me nowk. You know, none of our family are close to us. When we visit them they’re like 180 miles away from us. So oftentimes, during the holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas, we will be staying with in-laws for 2-3 days and we always bring our iphone , tablet, and computer. But it wasn’t too bad for me, I will post something here and there on Facebook but not full time.

    Yeah. Good idea. It’s better to stick not to open any of these gadgets when you’re away on vacation because that’s like stealing time from your family.

    Every year we go on 10-days vacation to campmeeting. But not this year. Anyway, in campmeeting where we stay, iPhone is very hard to connect. They have Internet there but only on certain areas in the camp. Because it’s surrounded by mountains, connections are very hard to come. Anyway, during that time…all we concentrate is going to our meetings, be with family and friends. After these 10 days I am always revive.

    So revive yourself my friend and I cannot wait to see the new you. ENJOY!!! And God bless…I will miss you <3

    Angela

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Angela,

      Thank you for saying that and I think you know I need one, don’t you? 🙂

      You can’t actually ignore your blog or work when you are present here, you need to switch off to really take a complete break and this is the right time I felt.

      I can well understand and that habit is bad, believe me because I’ve been through it too. But when we travel short distances, we don’t really miss a post and usually manage it with our phones and laptops too, but those honestly aren’t enjoyable trips, and this one, because it’s long, needed a stricter discipline, which meant to really cut it all off for a few days if not more. It would be a good experiment to see if I could do it also or not 🙂

      Yes, we also used to find problems with the Internet connection when we traveled last year to the hilly region, and well, in a way it was bliss or kind of forced way to not be connected. But I just dread the work load once I returned – comments, and lots of them – and the notifications, emails etc. I had made up my mind right then not to carry work next time.

      Yes…new me, though I wonder what it would be, but I intend changing a few things and adopting better things for the blog, always good to change for the better, isn’t it?

      I will miss you all as well and be thinking of ALL of you…it’s pretty tough for me to close everything when it’s all so much a part of me, though I won’t be really doing it for long, but working offline to solve lot of blog problems too.

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and you too remain well and take care of yourself. 🙂

  13. Amit Verma

    June 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    First of all i would like to thanks for your great post and for covering the topics on your post they rocks. Yes we all do need some vacation to give some times to our family but in this fast and busy schedule we can’t give so we have to follow some steps to make that possible as we know ‘nothing is impossible’ it’s upto us how we manage all things.

    Love the post and wishing you a best wishes. Happy Summer Vacations ((Hugs))

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Amit,

      Thank you for saying that – you made my day a lot brighter I must say 🙂

      Absolutely! Breaks are important to rejuvenate and connect with our loved ones, though it’s all up to you when and how you take them, but you must. Life is busy and there is really no time to spare, but that’s when we have to choose our priorities, isn’t it? Once you plan and decide, you can easily manage things, if you want to. You just need a strong will to take a step and get on with it.

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and happy vacations to you as well. 🙂

  14. Ryan Biddulph

    June 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    There’s a sowing and reaping season Harleena. Smart advice here. Breaks, filled with plenty of sleep and fun family time can boost your creative juices. Enjoy your vacation!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Ryan,

      You’re right, the summer break was initiated in the US and some other countries because of the sowing and reaping season. Though those reasons cease to exist for many of us and are replaced by many others.

      Thanks for visiting and you too enjoy your blogging! 🙂

  15. Ann P V

    June 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    This is really an informative post, but sad to say here in India the vacation is over and the schools are opened, of course your major audience is of from the West, I think this post will be a timely help. This i indeed a wonderful guide to be kept along when they travel or go for a vacation. I am saving it form my next year’s vacation. Thank you so much Harleena for this informative piece. May you have wonderful and joyous weekend.

    Annamma P V
    I read this post at Kingged.com and I kingged it and posted this comment there.
    Thanks a lots
    Ann

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      Harleena Singh

      June 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Welcome to my blog Ann!

      Glad you liked the post 🙂

      My audience is from the West and also from India, just like me, and here the vacations are just starting,and usually the schools open in July. Perhaps you are from South India, and there the vacations start and end early, just as I mentioned, it depends on the area and region.

      Probably you’d be getting the monsoons over much earlier than us, if they haven’t already arrived, while our end it comes usually by the end of June or first week of July, so it all depends on your location I would say.

      Thanks for your kind wishes, and I wanted to share it all with my readers and inform my friends that I would be gone, but will be back in a while. Have a nice weekend too. 🙂

  16. Yvonne I. Wilson

    June 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I was thinking about this just a few days ago – taking an annual summer break from blogging. This is the second blog I am reading for today that speaks about taking summer breaks. So I take this as confirmation to my train of thoughts.

    The detail you have given in this post is a great for starters, knowing how to go about it, what to do, how to do it…I took two unplanned breaks before (writer’s/blogger’s block and recently at the passing of my sister)But planning an actual summer break is a fun thing to do.

    I hope you have an enjoyable time away and I look forward to your return to experience the ‘new you.’:)

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Hi Yvonne,

      You may take a break that suits your type of need and work. But a break always does good, and if not this summer, it can be had at any other time of the year.

      I’m sorry about your sister but yes such events are unforeseen and come unexpected, though I don’t think you can really call them a break as you’re consumed by other form of stress or complex situation.

      Writer’s and bloggers keep having the blocks and take them in their stride, but you’re right that breaks can help us deal with them too.

      Thanks for your visit and sharing your thoughts and experiences, and for your wishes – I’ll enjoy my break and you too enjoy your blogging! 🙂

  17. Monisha Kapur

    June 14, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Have a wonderful vacation Harleena!!

    We’re doing little trips here and there and I will say I am having some anxiety stepping away from my business for some time. It’s the first vacation I’ll take since launching back in November… But as you point out, stepping away from it will definitely help me clear my mind and re-focus 🙂

    Thanks for the tips!
    take care
    Monisha

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Monisha,

      Of course, if your business demands that you stay and it becomes vulnerable in your absence, then you really can’t take a long break. In that case, little trips as you say act as good relievers.

      Having said that, a complete cut-off break really does wonder and you’ve to wisely decide what to do.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Wish you a happy blogging too! 🙂

  18. Enstine Muki

    June 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Time to catch fun and spend quality time with family Harleena. Me, I don’t have plans for any break now Even if I do, I’ll go along with my laptop and Internet 😉

    Just wishing you goodluck and happy holiday 😉

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Enstine,

      I can understand that you can’t take a break now because your blog is going great and is almost at its peak. But you’re right – it’s time for me and I’ll try it without the laptop and phone. 🙂

      Thanks for your wishes and wish you all the best too!

  19. Phillip Dews

    June 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Hmm that’s an interesting one Harleena about automated posts! I would set that up and use tools like Hootsuite to promote them!

    You mention some awesome tips especially not going online during holiday!
    I often leave my mobile at home when I go out with my mates, In fact I wrote a blog post about people wasting their lives on social media!

    It really does open your eyes when you leave a mobile at home and just shows how much social media can rule peoples lives! I was in my local pub a few weeks ago after leaving my phone at home and looking around I noticed everyone was just staring at their phones updating statuses! Just a shame!

    Will you be leaving yours at home when you go away Harleena? Go on try it, I dare you!
    Awesome post as usual!
    – PD

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Phillip,

      Of course, I too use Hootsuite to auto promote my old posts, but when it comes to new posts, I do it very much manually.

      And its not only that, but when there are interactions like people commenting on such promotions on the social media, they need to be replied to, besides reciprocating their actions.

      Not to forget the comments you’ll get on the new posts that you’ve scheduled for a later later when you’re away; you won’t be able to reply to them, and comments without responses don’t give a good impression. At least the first few or many should be answered.

      So, looking at these all aspects and from this perspective, I decided not to publish posts when I’m away on vacation because this time around I want to try not to open my laptop or access Internet on my mobile.

      It’s good to know that you too try these “unconnected” break aways, and that works wonderfully, isn’t it?

      Yes, its a pity that people ignore the real world and rather fall for the virtual. You’d be surprised to know that I do not use Internet on my mobile – I just keep it for calling purposes – the old traditional way!

      I’m glad you like the post and thanks for sharing your views and the ensuing discussion. Have a great week ahead! 🙂

  20. donna merrill

    June 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    As you well know, I’m a great fan of taking breaks. When we do, we come back so refreshed. A break is well deserved for you Harleena! You are all over the place and need to just kick back and spend some quality time with your family.

    As long as we have things in line…it is easy to take that break. Notifying people that we are going to be on vacation is the first part and you know, everyone is always there when you get back.

    You wrote a fantastic post letting us all know the dates you will be gone, so Enjoy…don’t even give the on line world a thought if you can. Focus on your time spent away, and I’m sure when you get back, there will be plenty of good shares from your experience.

    -Donna

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Yes, I need a break and I’m going to take it irrespective of what happens to the blog – family comes first. But having said that, I would be spending sometime working at the backend of the blog too and try working out on or enhancing some aspects that I couldn’t with my regular blogging routine.

      Thanks for validating the importance and usefulness of taking breaks from work. I feel more confident that I’m doing the right thing.

      I didn’t want my readers to keep wondering after not finding my posts, so I had to have this post. Thanks for all your wishes and hope you too have a great blogging time.

      Thanks for your visit and see you later! 🙂

  21. Nathaniel Kidd

    June 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I think having a balance between work and family is vital. It is easy to get caught in work and lose focus of the family, especially if you work from home. Sometimes, we try to combine the two and that does not work long term.

    Taking a summer break also can cuase us to refocus and be rejuvenated afterwards. We may not notice we are sluggish but your readers may notice and that break may breath life back into your work.

    Of course we worry that we may lose traffic while we are on vacation but I believe that your loyal readers will be there no matter what – Very excited and anticipating your return and new blog post.

    Thank you for sharing Harleena!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Hi Nathaniel,

      So true, blogging is such an addiction that you lose track of time and focus of the family. For me, when my kids have vacations, I favor giving priority to family time. As you said, working from home, it’s not always possible to find the right balance between work and family, and the vacations help take care of this imbalance.

      I agree that a break helps you in many ways. I see it like this – traffic is something that you can regain, but the time with your family once lost is lost forever.

      Yes, I think my blog community members would love to be back when I re-start posting after the break and everything will get normalized within no time.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your wonderful thoughts. I appreciate it. Have a great blogging time! 🙂

  22. Ann07

    June 15, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Awesome post here, Harleena!

    Summer happens only sometimes in a year, some holidays may come once or twice at a time in a month.

    We should take this opportunity to relax and unplug. Having a time off would be good for us to relax the mind and rejuvenate and be with family or friends.

    You wouldn’t know what good thing might happen at a vacation, maybe get new inspiration and ideas to write about when you get home, maybe meet other bloggers. There’s nothing to lose. Tell all about the trip to your followers when you get home and maybe ask them to tell about theirs!

    Awesome tips and pointer to keep in mind here.

    Thanks for sharing, More power to you and your blog!

    Ann07

    Found this shared on kingged.com 😉

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      Harleena Singh

      June 16, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Ann,

      Yes definitely, breaks are like the time-off during a match and also help us to re-think on our strategy and plan with a refreshed and renewed mind.

      As you rightly say, there’s nothing to lose – new post ideas, new friends, improved relations with family and relatives, etc.. you only gain and gain!

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your wonderful thoughts. Have a great blogging time! 🙂

  23. Mi Muba

    June 15, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I can’t believe that you would be not blogging for two weeks. But as you are saying you are taking a break it is very great for you and your family but not your audience.

    We are actually habitual of your smiling profile pic with new stuff every day at social media. But any way it is good you are taking sometime for you and your family that’s equally so important. 🙂

    I don’t think for consistent bloggers a break of two weeks affect their work and get back to them to a little previous position. A very punctual person like you can manage all blogging chores even in space but getting completely away from regular work will surely re-energize you a lot and all types of blocks and stuck-ups will run away.

    We will be eagerly waiting for your return with lot of changes at your blog and obviously in you also.
    Till then enjoy, enjoy and just enjoy. 🙂 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      June 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Hi Mi Muba,

      Yes, almost about two weeks, starting anyday from now. It’s not that I want to take such a long break, but then you should do it for the family if such a demand and need is there.

      Ah.. my pic will always be there and probably this is an opportunity for you to scan my blog for more stuff that you haven’t yet explored. Instead of social media, my husband and I might work at the backend and try to improve the blog as and when the time permits.

      Well, a two-week break really matters and makes a different but then its a matter of making priorities and weighing out what you should go for – you’ve to sacrifice something for something. I can manage the blog alongside my vacations but then you’re not there totally with the family.

      Thank you for visiting and all your wishes. Hope you keep visiting the blog and enjoy your blogging! 🙂

  24. Philip Varghese Ariel

    June 15, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This is yet another educative information from your great portal.
    As someone said, this is indeed a useful guide to your readers from around the world, in spite of their difference in geographical location.

    I really liked your list of DO NOT Do!!
    • DO NOT open your laptop or hook on to your iPhone or iPad to read your mails.
    • DO NOT reply to messages and answer the comments. (All this is a reminder for me and very tough for me to do,
    Do not even open your laptops!!
    That is a bit hard suggestion !

    Anyways as per the word vacation is vacation, no other go, in that any routine things crop in then everything, I mean the meaning of vacation will lost! But still I think that will be a bit hard suggestion LOL
    Oh My….Do not even reply to the messages…. Indeed that will be a bit hard one!!

    But according you and the must is to follow that LOL
    And again thanks a lot for the connected link to your other list of “Fun Things To Do In Your Holidays”
    Anyways, let us try/follow these rules to get maximum advantage of our vacation time!

    Thanks Harleena for these valuable guide.
    Keep up the good work
    Wish you a Happy and profitable vacation ahead.
    Best Regards
    ~ Phil
    PS:
    Hey, Harleena I found this post at kingged.com the Internet Marketing Social Network and I kingged it and posted this comment there
    Thanks for this good share
    Best
    Phil

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      Harleena Singh

      June 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Hi Phil,

      I agree that my suggestions are tough to follow for bloggers and I speak for myself too. But I believe a total disconnect is needed and “unplugging” will do good.

      I can’t say of others but I need this getaway not that I’m fed up of or I don’t want to blog, but I have to make difficult decision and my choice is to be with my family.

      I believe it’s not necessary for the blogger to remain glued to the blog and get obsessive about it or get addicted, nor should the blogger have the fear in the mind that their online absence would permanently damage the blog – that becomes a phobia (I’d term it “blogophobia” :))

      There’s life besides blogging and every blogger should cherish and enjoy that, isn’t it?

      Thanks for visiting and for your wishes, and I hope you’ve a great blogging time too! 🙂

  25. Swaraj Nandedkar

    June 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hello Harleena Ma’am,

    Great post as usual! I am also from India, here summer vacations are ended but, still i found this post helpful. I want to take a break from blogging activities. And i am going to take it.

    Working everytime without taking a break makes us unhealthy and depressive. This bad for us. That’s why i take break from blogging every month.

    Thank you for this awesome post Ma’am!

    Enjoy your Holidays! 🙂

    Well, i found this post on kingged.com and commented on it.

  26. Sandeep Rao

    June 16, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I too agree , that scheduling is a great way to keep your blog live even when you are not there to publish posts or making updates on social media.

    Although, these days, with the advancement of smartphones, I think one can make a little efforts to promoting posts without scheduling too. And being active on social media for some hours while updating a post on social media is more important than posting a schedules update.

    Further, as you have mentioned about socializing in real world, that would be a great way too to grow your network while enjoying your holidays simultaneously.

    And updating your readers, subscribers about a break through social media, or any blog post is also a great idea to keep there engagement on the blog even when you are not there.
    Anyways, thanks for sharing.

  27. Mainak Halder

    June 16, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I was on a summer break till now but after reading your post because it was too hot in Kolkata (almost 42 degree Celsius), which forced me to stay away from my computer. However, after reading your post I realized that I made few mistakes, which I shouldn’t have done. I did not make any announcement on my blog that I would be off on a break. I posted infrequently, which made posting schedules further complicated. And hence the visitor count also went down. I was not active on social media till now due to this kind of heat. I think I could have avoided these mistakes had I got to read your post earlier.

    Anyway, I have to be better prepared for next year and not repeat the same mistakes I’d made this year.

    Rains have just started trickling down in the evenings, hope the temperature lowers in the coming days.

    Wishing you a good day.:)

    Mainak.

  28. Jayraj Patel

    June 16, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Hi Harleena Mam,

    Great Post Mam,summer vacations are best time enjoy with family. I usually travel & find out more N more to learn so that something i can grow myself & my blogging.

    I found this post at kingged.com the Internet Marketing Social Network and I kingged it and posted this comment.

    Have a great Day 🙂

  29. Chery Schmidt

    June 16, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Hello Harleena. Good for you my friend, a two week vacation, Wowsy!

    I will be taking my annual vacation ( To Rock Fest) Next month and No I do not take my computer along on this one, I dont even bring my phone.

    I tune out the real world,LOL I am not sure I could do this for more then 6 days, this is my limit..

    I do know it takes me a week or two to get caught up with everything even after only being gone 6 days. I couldnt imaging 2 weeks..

    I do like the idea of wring a blog post before leaving, this is something I will do as well as let my social media followers what is going on as well.. Thanks for the Awesome Post and enjoy your vacation.. Chery :))

    P.S. I did land here today VIA Kingged

  30. Babanature

    June 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Hello Harlenna,
    Ahhh… You’l be going on a break? I think that’s good you know, because it helps refresh the system.

    I won’t be going on a break anytime soon because i got a lot on my hands right now… 🙂

    Anyways friends stick around for each other, so we’ll always be here waiting for your awesome post when you return.

    Do have yourself a best week start…

  31. Sherman Smith

    June 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Hey Harleena,

    You’re right! We all need to take a break sometime in the year in order to recuperate and come back stronger. What better time to do it than in the summer, right? There are a plethora of things you can do and you put forth some great ideas for the summer.

    As for me, I will be doing a little traveling and going to festivals… I will be going to Oxnard for a salsa festival, then I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for about a week. I can’t wait to grab a hold of some of the buffets and other international dishes over there! I think that’s the main reason why I go despite the fact that I can get international dishes here. But the thought of just getting away and being in a different environment excites me more!

    Thanks for sharing and you have a great time on your vacation!

  32. Sid

    June 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks for this awesome post! I loved it!

    Well, sadly on my part, school is opening just a week later, so it’s like ending of my summer break of blogging. Well, blogging is a tough and hefty work, it needs much time and dedication; but one can’t be so much be dedicated to blogging that he forgets other. Family’s important too. One needs to focus on them too.

    They are an essential part of our life.

    Thanks,
    Sid

  33. Bich Phuong

    June 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    You wrote a fantastic post letting us all know the dates you will be gone, so Enjoy…don’t even give the on line world a thought if you can. Focus on your time spent away, and I’m sure when you get back, there will be plenty of good shares from your experience.

  34. Lorraine Reguly

    June 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I am taking a break, too! For July and August! I’ve not ironed out all the details yet, but I am working on them!

    Congratulations, too, Harleena, for making a tough but important decision. 🙂

  35. latha

    June 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Harleena,

    Enjoy your well deserved break. I always take totally off while on vacation as i really want to be present with my kids and husbband.

    I dont log into facebook, nor post. Last vacation was a long one, but my visits increased. I was worried they would drop.

    Wishing you a relaxed, rejuvenating vacation.

  36. Shalu Sharma

    June 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I too think you deserve a holiday. You have worked hard and now its time to just forget about it and enjoy. We all need holidays Harleena every now and then, just to get away from things and do nothing and enjoy life. You are so right about the points why we need holidays. I could not agree with you more on this. Enjoy your two weeks of pure fun.

  37. I. C. Daniel

    June 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I think there’s less, very less people that don’t go in vacations when they afford one, this could be important issues that can’t be rescheduled.

    But when you have enough money, a little bit of planning is okay, gather some friends, check the weather 😀 and let’s party on vacation.

  38. Sunday

    June 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    Summer break is motivating if maximized. For most bloggers, even if they can go for a long vacation, there is still the challenge of minding what would be happening online.

    If proper preparation is made before embarking on a summer vacation then the break would be worthwhile. The use of online scheduler for posting and replies comes handy!

    Yes, it is important we do things that make us “free” during Summer vacation. There are lots of things to this effect depending on the passion of the individual.

    The post is refreshing, and I already feel like going for a Summer break already 😀

    This comment was shared in kingged.com – the content aggregator website where this post was shared for Internet marketers.

    Sunday – Contributor to kingged.com

  39. Atish Ranjan

    June 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    You are bang on the target! Great post Harleena. Everyone must take break and go for vacations because they recharge you. Doing same thing daily makes you boring and less productive too. But once you take a leave and enjoy with your family, then later return back to the work, Everything seems to be new and you again kick start the work with full potential.

    Nice write up Harleena. keep writing.

  40. surajjagoori

    June 16, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    As all blogger know that blogging need consistency but similar to other works we have also required some break. After uniformly doing blogging 2-3 weeks i take 1-2 days break. I called it my popcorn time, although i enjoyed it but seriously it hurt my blog.
    Thanks for sharing how to utilize your break time in efficient way.
    Also this article get back me to lovable moments of my school days when am always excited about my summer vacation.

  41. Debbie

    June 17, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Hi Harleena and good for you in taking a summer break. I have to admit that I am not working as hard. If the kids want to play I play, if the yard needs work I do it. (I enjoy it getting out in the sun.)
    Yes, we do have a little vacation for July.

    Thanks for letting me know this is ok. LOL I was feeling a little (Just a little) guilty.

    Have a wonderful summer we shall wait for the return.
    Hugs, 🙂
    Debbie

  42. Lisa

    June 17, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Harleena, you may have inspired me to try it : I’m off a week in July from day job and it would be cool to use that week off the blog too. I have been taking mini breaks lately for me – but a real break would be nice! I think it would refresh the mind and help rejuvenate about blogging for years now.
    I hope you really enjoy your break and can’t wait to hear how it all goes too.

  43. Adrienne

    June 17, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Well you’ve probably already left and I sure hope so. I know you’ll have a good time with your family as you should. I know it will be difficult for you to not take work with you but I think it’s important from time to time to take a break as well. I can only say that now since I took a little over a two week break around Christmas. Okay, so I didn’t fully stay off the computer but I didn’t blog. I have to tell you I needed that.

    At this very moment I don’t have any immediate plans to take a summer break but that can change and I’m hoping that it will. Even if it doesn’t I still have my product to work on and finish up so I have plenty to keep me busy.

    You have a good time and don’t you worry about a thing. As you said, we’ll be here eager to hear how much fun you had so you just enjoy this time away. We’ll definitely miss you but we’re happy for you.

    ~Adrienne

  44. Addison Grey

    June 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Such a wonderful thought.I am glad for you for taking break and you are 100% deserving this summer vocation.Actually i am not spend my time in summer vocation but now am inspiring with your article and am also think about this.Its wonderful idea to spend some time with our family.so am also take break.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Keep it up 🙂

  45. mathi

    June 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    You are right about the break from work. There are times when your energy level dips as you cannot always be at your optimum best. Spending quality time with your family is very important to improve your relationship and also to unwind. Most of us are too concentrated on our work that we burn out. I liked the way you interconnect through your words as it touches an instant chord with the viewers.

  46. Gagan Masoun

    June 17, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Vacations are good for health. Holidays refresh our mind and body language. I love vacations. Thanks for sharing these kind words with us Harleena.

    But I think you will not leave your blog during vacations too. Your tab/laptop compel you to check blog 😛

    Am I right?

    Thanks
    Gagan

  47. Jodi

    June 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Have a wonderful time! You are a great model for how to put your famiy first! And you deserve a break! See you on the flip side!

  48. Sylviane Nuccio

    June 18, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Happy summer break, well deserved. You’ve done really great with your blog, and that’s really commendable. I wish I had more time for my social media marketing so I could be where I want to be, but right now I do have more important things that need to go ahead of social media, but every time I see you all over I want to be just like that.

    So, you are well deserving your break. My break will be later in July. It will still be a working break to some degree, but still good though.

    Have a good one.

  49. Rohan Bhardwaj

    June 18, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Hi,

    Nice of you to take break. We all need some mini breaks to have a continuous productive and creative mind.

    Long breaks are also much needed as explained by you. Though you are still taking only two weeks break, it is good that it is more than a normal weekend getaway.

    Wish I could take a long summer break. 🙁

    Anyway, I found this on kingged.

  50. Neamat Tawadrous

    June 18, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Hi Harleena,

    It’s nice to see you taking a break and as much as I know how workaholic you are, I am so excited for you and I can’t wait until you come and tell us all about it. I wonder how you are going to stay away from social media and from the online world in general. Let’s know when you come back, how did it go.

    I will be going for a week on a cruise with my husband and kids and I am also planning to take a real break from work although I never did it since I started online a little less than 2 years. So, looking forward to know how it went for you.

    Enjoy your break Harleena, to the max. with your family, it’s a break well deserved for you and I can’t wait to see the new you and the changes you are planning for your blog.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

  51. Swadhin Agrawal

    June 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Hello Harleena madam,

    This time I am too late commenting on the blog post and guess you will be enjoying your vacation when i am writing this. You are right madam all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So we should all have a break whenever possible.

    This break will rejuvenate you and your right it’ll bring a new you. Can’t wait for the surprise post on 8th July. I know there will be some major changes in the blog otherwise you wouldn’t announce so. 🙂

    Have a great time and do tell us how did you spend your vacation when you come back.

  52. Nanda Rahmanius

    June 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I’m always excited when talking about the holidays .. hahaha 😀
    You are right, blogging is an activity that is in need of holiday, not because we hate it, but because it’s needed I think.

    I have not planned anything for this, since in my country there is no such thing as summer vacation. he he 🙂

    I hope your holiday was very enjoyable Harleena and can have a great time with your family as well. All the best for you.

    Nanda

  53. Mema

    June 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I was feeling a little guilty that I will be taking a long break and going to India for the first time. But reading your post I feel I deserve it. For weeks now I have been day dreaming and feeling really burnt out. Lucky for me that I am taking an adventure holiday and cannot take my laptop. Thanks for the tips.

  54. Brandon Kramer

    June 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    You have posted very nice story. I am first time visiting on your site. I am inspire with your article. You give a great idea to all. I like summer vocation so much.

    Thanks for sharing this great idea with us 🙂

  55. Theodore Nwangene

    June 21, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Going for a summer break at one point in time is very necessary,
    As they say, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy, it will not only enable you to have some rest but, it will also replenish your strength.

    Whenever you come back from a break and you want to start doing whatever work you’re doing again, be it blogging or any other thing, you will notice that you will experience some inflow of energy more than you were before you went for the break.

    So, it should be a part of our life schedule.

    Hope you’re having fun Harleena 🙂

  56. Ahsan

    June 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Hello Harleena,

    Blogging is sometime a tired some work. Everyday a blogger needs to publish content, share content in different social network, comment on others site etc. So it sometimes makes us boring.

    A break certainly gear up & gives new energy with full vigor. I also love sometimes visit my neighborhood & relatives. It helps me relieve monotonous life.

    Anyway have a nice Summer Break 🙂

  57. Dr. Diana

    June 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    You really deserve this break. You have two responsibilities on your shoulders first is family and second is blogging. Bloggers and people always wait to read something unique from you. Thanks for starting a blog for newbie bloggers like me.

    Thanks
    Diana

  58. Himanshu Rawat

    June 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Even a machine cannot work continues even if it is designed to perfection in that particular stuff. We are humans so taking a big break can help us rejuvenate and recharge ourselves.

  59. Verniers

    June 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Great article.

    Blogging is that type of business in which we can take holidays as per our plans. No one is our boss. But I agree we should planned this break such as it will not hurt the blog and readers.

  60. Ravi Chahar

    June 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Sorry for being so late.
    It’s been long time I haven’t remain active. But now it’s time for summer holidays and I can work.
    You are right for the people who are workaholic, they should take a summer break to spend some quality time with their family. The main problem occurs when people get engaged with their work so much that they can’t even spend some time with their family.

    Once a year even busy people can take a break. It will freshen them up. But the problem occurs when people try to check their mail, comments even in the middle of holidays. I don’t think that’ a break.
    As you said there is no need to check anything related to work.

    Thanks for such a great post though summer break is the time to work for me still it’s good for busy bloggers.
    Have a memorable summer break.:)

    ~Ravi

  61. AAmir Awan

    June 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    Thanks for sharing such an amazing tips with all of us, i really appreciated your work. I also planing to break blogging for summer vocations and in my point of view nature is a best place for peace of mind because doing hard work on daily basis is really harder for everyone and taking some rest is necessary for everyone.

  62. Suprabhat

    June 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Mam

    I had already took a long break due to my exam so can’t take Summer break this year.
    But i like the words you written
    Sleep Early
    Wake Early and take the time in between as a Summer Break.
    I just like to follow this steps from now as in my mind i always have my blogging plans which cause me to sleep less.

    I hope you understand

  63. olili Bob

    June 23, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Hi Queen,

    I really missed been here, I have been a little busy with so many things lately but I said i have missed some of your recipes hence I dropped by. A very nice article you have here, We are scared of alot atimes and in return we lose everything. There is nothing better than taking some time off from work to be with family especially those who you have not had time for because of work. Making out time to create that connection as well as have fun with them. To me, summer break is very important because after a break like that you will definitely feel refreshed and get a better focus to be more productive.

    Nice article.

    Regards
    ~Bob

  64. metz

    June 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hi there Harleena!

    It’s an awesome blog post! Love the topic!

    Summer break, sounds very tempting. Blogger is a known work where you can work what whenever and whatever time you wanted but of course with a good planning of schedules, blog breaks could be possible.

    Quality time and relaxing, could give you a break to be inspired, to be motivated and to be refreshed from a tiring working day.

    You need to spoil yourself even a little. Life is about being happy with people you love, not being happy because of money and luxury.

    I have shared this comment in the content syndication and social bookmarking and networking website for Internet marketers – kingged.com where this post was found.

  65. Dorien Morin-van Dam

    June 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Harleena,

    I have a twist on my summer break. I was called to Europe early June to go home and visit my family and say goodbye to my father who was in the last stages of his battle with cancer. I booked a three week trip, hoping I would get some quality time with him. I left my husband, four kids and my clients. After only four days, my father passed away. I was in the right place at the right time and able to grieve and help my mom and siblings without distractions of my own family. Once the funeral was done, I realized I had another – very unexpected – two whole weeks of ‘vacation’ in the Netherlands. Taking care of mom was the easy part; she was happy to care of me. I have been able to work, play and grieve and the change of scenery has inspired new blog ideas and many more blog posts then I ever thought would come out of me in two weeks’ time. The lesson I found is that at home I am distracted by family, household chores, 3 dogs, 4 kids, the phone ringing and everything else. Here I was in charge of just me and my computer. Jet lag has thrown me for a loop, so physically I am tired, but mentally I am refreshed and rested.
    This is NOT how I wish a ‘vacation’ on anyone, yet I feel it has been a blessing for my family, myself and my business. I am more resolved now than before to also play with my kids this summer and take frequent breaks! The mental breaks are so important.

  66. George

    June 28, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Hello Harleena and thanks for this post, in my opinion all of us (bloggers) need some vacation time, but it is really hard to compete with other blogs in our respective niches by taking a full vacation( meaning doing nothing, but swimming on the sea and enjoying the sun), because in this way our traffic will drop and it will take much time to bring it back to its normal levels. This applies mostly to sites run by a single person and not a team. Anyways thanks again for the post.
    Cheers!

  67. Ntathu Allen

    June 28, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Hopefully by the time you receive this message, you’ll still be on holiday. In fact, I challenge you dearest friend to take the whole of July off as a form of mental and blogging/work detox Your body and spirit is calling out for a break and you know how important good health, rest and relaxation is for future productive. You are too precious and have too much to give NOT to care for yourself. Well done and thanks for leading by example. Hugs always

  68. Rashmi

    June 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Nice blog.. very interesting stuff.. i do follow u r blogs
    There’s more to enjoy other than blogging, it’s a cool idea to take a break and explore our outer world, staying away from all these kinda stuffs.

  69. M Nirmal Anandh

    July 1, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Hi Mam,

    Have a break… Have a Kit Kat…

    Nice post mam. Happy Vacation. Expecting Sooon… Anyway enjoy your vacation well and come back with great ideas and post. For me, having a break and not blogging is not possible i think. But, you have listed out do’s dont’s to follow. I ll make a try. Thanks for sharing this.

  70. Rahis

    July 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I was feeling a little guilty that I will be taking a long break and going to India for the first time. But reading your post I feel I deserve it. For weeks now I have been day dreaming and feeling really burnt out. Lucky for me that I am taking an adventure holiday and cannot take my laptop. Thanks for the tips.

  71. karan singh chauhan

    July 12, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I love to take Summer Break regularly. Thanks for sharing this post.

  72. Umair Butt

    August 3, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I am feeling very comfortable after reading this summer break article. With my blog i can take Summer Break. Wao this is really awesome.

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    Abrar Mohi Shafee

    December 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Nice post, Harleena. Actually it’s quite hard to go for a leave while a active community running. I think, you might’ve gone through loads of works after you got yourself back at work.

    But to cope with the dull and monotonous writing experience, I think a break is important. Otherwise we might not be give our 100% efforts.

  74. Trevor Barre

    April 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Great advice and something we should all do, thanks

  75. Mohinder Verma

    May 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    First of all I would like to give many thanks for sharing this awesome post. Because this is about an individual or about a family.

    Secondly I do agree that everyone needs vacations to relax and to renew their power to work more again.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers




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